Kansas City Serial Killer Won't Face the Death Penalty

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Monday, January 22 2007 Jan 22, 2007 Monday, January 22, 2007 6:43:20 PM CST January 22, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY - (AP) A man who prosecutors have called Missouri's most prolific serial killer will not face the death penalty. The new Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar says this afternoon that Lorenzo Gilyard's attorneys agreed to a trial before a judge without a jury in exchange for not facing the death penalty. The 57-year-old is charged with strangling 13 females between 1977 and 1993. Most of the victims had worked as prostitutes. Gilyard gives up nearly all of his rights to appeal under the terms of the deal. Authorities linked Gilyard to the crimes through DNA evidence. If Gilyard is convicted on even one of the first-degree murder counts, his only possible sentence will be life without parole.

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